Students getting food at Kleiner Commons. GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Board of Trustees approves housing, meal plan price increases for 2019-20 school year

Friday, Feb. 8, Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved price increases for on-campus housing and meal plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. The unanimous vote increased housing costs by $17 per semester and main meal plan costs by $50 per semester. The total increase was 2.2 percent, a $1.2 million increase overall.  The decision by the board was reached following reviews of GVSU’s tuition costs, as well as the costs of facility operations and student employment. Each year, the board addresses the housing and dining rates in February and tuition rates in July. The July date gives the administration time to factor in enrollment numbers for the fall in calculating tuition rates it proposes to trustees.

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Incoming president Mantella attends State of the Union address

Following her Jan. 22 appointment as the fifth president of Grand Valley State University, Philomena V. Mantella filled her role as guest to Michigan Sen. Gary Peters at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address Feb. 5.  “This was my first opportunity to attend a State of the Union address,” Mantella said. “I was surprised and delighted when Sen. Gary Peters personally called me to extend the invitation to be his guest.” 

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GV leaders set sights on Lansing for additional funding

With a new congress sworn in this past January, members from Grand Valley State University will travel to Lansing to make a case for receiving additional state funding. President Thomas Haas and Student Senate President Rachel Jenkin plan to testify before the Michigan House of Representatives’ Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Feb. 14. 

Dr. Mantella addresses the crowd at GVSU's Kirkhof Center following her unanimous appointment. Mantella will be the fifth president in school history and the first female president. GVL / Leah Kerr

Dr. Philomena Mantella to be GVSU's fifth president

Philomena V. Mantella was unanimously appointed Grand Valley State University's fifth president during a special Board of Trustees held on Jan. 22. Mantella, GVSU’s first female president, will replace outgoing president Thomas J. Haas following his last day on July 1.  Following three rounds of interviews with the board’s 18-person presidential search committee, committee chair John Kennedy announced the recommendation at the meeting. The trustees notes Mantella’s strengths in strategic planning, global market expansion and keeping current with trends in education. 

Officer Seth Beelen places an individual in the police car on Saturday October 28, 2017. GVL / Archive

Student Senate proposes change to university housing contract

Grand Valley State University’s student senate has helped the university to include student input on campus policies through their involvement in passing proposals that help the university decide on changes made to the student living policies on campus, among other student-related issues. During their Jan. 10 general assembly, following a near-unanimous vote, the student senate passed a resolution for their support of a rewording of section 13 in GVSU’s on-campus housing contract.  

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Lt. Gov. of Michigan Brian Calley visits Student Senate

During their final meeting of the semester, Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate received a special visit from Lieutenant Governor of Michigan Brian Calley. Calley, who is a former Laker, spoke to Student Senate on a variety of topics ranging from personal experience to advice on how these students can become strong leaders, especially in the political realm.  

Teri Behrens. Courtesy / GVSU

Johnson Center appoints new Executive Director of Philanthropy

Grand Valley State University recently announced its appointment of Teri Behrens to Executive Director of Philanthropy. Behrens assumed the new role as head of GVSU’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Oct. 22 Established in 1992, GVSU’s Johnson Center is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service that aims to be a global leader in helping individuals and organizations understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy.